James Maloney and Tom Trbojevic have steered NSW to a historic 38-6 thrashing* of Queensland, sending this year’s State of Origin series to a decider*.
Maloney set up two tries, kicked five goals, and also shifted to halfback for the second half after an ankle injury to Nathan Cleary on Sunday night in Perth.
Centre Trbojevic, who recorded the first NSW hat-trick* since 2005, was also dominant in his return for the Blues.
A record Optus Stadium crowd of 59,721 was entertained by the NSW masterclass* led by the two men who were both absent for game one.
Trbojevic scored a first-half double to give coach Brad Fittler and his men an 18-6 halftime lead.
NSW level Origin with thumping win over Queensland
Back-to-back penalty goals took the lead beyond two tries, before the Blues blew the game open with another two tries in the space of three minutes. Trbojevic got his third when he finished off a 70m team effort in the 55th minute, and then Josh Addo-Carr got on the end of a Wade Graham grubber*.
A string of six consecutive* penalties left Queensland without a hope in the second half.
Addo-Carr completed the big win with his second in the closing stages.
Queensland coach Kevin Walters said he was surprised at how well NSW played and disappointed in his team’s effort.
“We were comprehensively* outplayed,” Walters said.
“From the kickoff … they wanted it more than us and they got the right rewards.
“Origin’s won on attitude and effort, and we didn’t match them in any areas there.”
NSW coach Brad Fittler praised the way his boys played.
“Once we got ahead, the conditions really helped us,” Fittler said.
“They were under pressure to score points. I’m so excited.”
NSW skipper Boyd Cordner said: “Our focus is now game three in Sydney — can’t wait.”
The deciding game will be playing at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on July 10.
- thrashing: a big defeat
- decider: a game that decides the series winner
- hat-trick: three in a row
- masterclass: experts showing others how to do it
- grubber: ball that moves along the ground
- consecutive: in a row
- comprehensively: in a convincing way
- How many points did NSW win Game 2 by?
- Who scored a hat-trick for the Blues?
- How many goals did James Maloney kick?
- Name the Maroons coach.
- Where is Game 3 going to be played?
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